Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 092259
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File Number: 092259 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1076-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: INCREASE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENTS FOR RESIDENCY PROGRAM Introduced: 8/11/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 9/1/2009
Agenda Date: 9/1/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A5
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO INCREASE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENTS TO JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM FOR ITS EXISTING RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Indexes: JACKSON MEMORIAL
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 9/1/2009 11A5 Adopted P

County Attorney 8/11/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO INCREASE FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENTS TO JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM FOR ITS EXISTING RESIDENCY PROGRAM

BODY
WHEREAS, Jackson Health System is one of the largest hospital teaching programs in the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, Jackson trains approximately 1,100 future doctors each year, and this is a very important facet of Jackson’s mission and vision especially given the growing concern over physician shortages; and
WHEREAS, Florida currently ranks 43rd in physician residents per capita, along with the states of North Dakota, Oklahoma and Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, teaching residents, interns and fellows are very costly; and
WHEREAS, while the federal government reimburses some portion of the cost associated with graduate medical education, it doesn't cover the entire cost and has capped reimbursement for Jackson at around 638 residents since the 1990s; and
WHEREAS, the federal government does not fund the remaining 462 residents; and
WHEREAS, Jackson receives some additional reimbursement from other hospitals, such as the Miami Veteran's Administration Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center, for approximately 200 residents who train in these facilities, but there is still a large number of residents that are completely unfunded and for which Jackson must absorb the cost; and
WHEREAS, Jackson spends approximately $28 million a year on teaching residents, interns and fellows that goes unreimbursed; and
WHEREAS, we must not only increase the number of residency slots in Florida, but also adequately reimburse existing residency programs such as Jackson’s; and
WHEREAS, given the financial challenges that Jackson currently faces, it is critically important that federal funding for Jackson residents be increased,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges Congress to increase reimbursements to Jackson Health System for its existing residency program.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2009 and 2010 Federal Legislative Packages be amended to include this item.



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